Since the beginning of 2019, there have been at least nine crimes to date among juveniles in Tuscaloosa. One local city leader wants to put a stop to it and keep the Druid City’s youth safe.

Kim Turner, the chief executive officer of Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama, is working to help bring members of the city together to develop a new project called Great Think Tuscaloosa. The goal of the venture is to address the issue of juvenile violence and work to find an achievable plan of action.

“Let’s work together to come up with a solution,” she said. “It’s not a one-time meeting. It’s the beginning of an ongoing discussion to define the need and work together for a solution to solve it.”

On Oct. 31, 2019 at 8 a.m., the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama will come together with the Tuscaloosa YMCA, Tuscaloosa City Schools, United Way of West Alabama and the District Attorney’s office to hold Great Think Tuscaloosa at the Tuscaloosa City Schools main office. The national series, created and facilitated by Boys and Girls Clubs of America, will incorporate local information to customize the solutions for Tuscaloosa’s youth. The Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama already has a structure they’re developing with this in mind to bring people together and come up with effective policies, plans and procedures.

The national organization focuses on the needs of children and teenagers ages 6 to 18. To join the first meeting for Great Think Tuscaloosa, interested families can email their RSVP to kim@bgcwestal.org.

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